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    Sticky: Links are up :)

    Links are up :)
  2. Monday Links from the Lockdown vol. DLXXVIII

    It's very annoying when I go to check an article I was going to include here and find they've suddenly faded it out after the first couple of paragraphs to insert an exhortation to "subscribe". It...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Clear blue sky and...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Clear blue sky and bright sunshine out :glasses

    Still very snowy; temperature's risen from -1°C to 0° in the last thirty minutes or so (though with a "feels like" of...
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    Sticky: Leaving aside the pencil factory and South...

    Leaving aside the pencil factory and South African security guards, tonight's viewing has been The Americans: S1E8 Mutually Assured Destruction (TV Episode 2013) and S1E9 Safe House (TV Episode 2013)...
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    Sticky: Sounds a little tactless :ohwell

    Sounds a little tactless :ohwell
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    Sticky: Tea tonight has been more of the roast gammon,...

    Tea tonight has been more of the roast gammon, with chips, fried eggs and beans. Very nice :tongue

    Not sure whether to freeze the last portion or use it for a couple of lunches. Probably the...
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    Sticky: Exercise bicycling done, green ring and red ring...

    Exercise bicycling done, green ring and red ring closed :emb

    And I watched the first half of the pencil factory programme, in which the historian woman went to Cumbria to learn about the discovery...
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    Sticky: All good clean fun :)

    All good clean fun :)
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    Sticky: Snow's back :eyes

    Snow's back :eyes
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    Sticky: The snow finally stopped. I popped out the back...

    The snow finally stopped. I popped out the back and scraped most of it off the cars, in the vague hope of making things easier should I want to go somewhere. Looked like two to three inches of it.
    ...
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    Sticky: Lunch: duck & barley soup with wholemeal bread...

    Lunch: duck & barley soup with wholemeal bread :tongue

    It's still snowing, though a lot less. Good covering out there though :frown
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    Sticky: Coincidentally, Monkey Life is showing chimps in...

    Coincidentally, Monkey Life is showing chimps in snow :)
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    Sticky: Still snowing steadily here, and it's well and...

    Still snowing steadily here, and it's well and truly settling. I was thinking of making a pot of tea, but I haven't got any milk and I'm loath to venture out in it even as far as Iceland, a few doors...
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    Sticky: Don't trust it! It stopped here, but then it...

    Don't trust it! It stopped here, but then it started again, heavier if anything :ohwell
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    Sticky: Maybe they're trying to communicate psychically...

    Maybe they're trying to communicate psychically with someone on the surface, and they got through to you :freaky:
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    Sticky: Snow! :eek Just started but already going...

    Snow! :eek

    Just started but already going great guns, and settling too, unlike the other night's lot :)

    Meanwhile, I'm mucking around with SwiftUI, Apple's new(ish) way of declaratively...
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    Sticky: Feeling quite peckish. I'm not used to being up...

    Feeling quite peckish. I'm not used to being up at this time on a Sunday :ohwell

    Might have a fry-up… after all, weekend calories don't count :tongue
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Extended family Zoom...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Extended family Zoom call done :)

    Grey day out, and it was -1°C when I got up, though now it's 0°C. It was only 15° in the living room at 8am, but it's up to 18° now....
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    Sticky: Tonight's telly has been The Americans: S1E6...

    Tonight's telly has been The Americans: S1E6 Trust Me (TV Episode 2013) and S1E7 Duty and Honor (TV Episode 2013) :smokin

    Early night now because of the Antipodean Zoom call in the morning :ohwell...
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    Sticky: Very nice, as ever :tongue Busyness status:...

    Very nice, as ever :tongue

    Busyness status: didn't get the chance to ask as they were busy :D

    Though the Polish delivery driver had enough time free while he waited for an order being made in...
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    Sticky: In the Chinese :)

    In the Chinese :)
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    Sticky: There's a Sainsbury's delivery slot available...

    There's a Sainsbury's delivery slot available tomorrow night for £0, but I can't think of anything I need :ohwell

    Have to let somebody else have it or let the delivery driver get an early night, I...
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    Sticky: Zingy chicken, tomato and lentil soup with...

    Zingy chicken, tomato and lentil soup with wholemeal bread for (late) lunch :tongue
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    Sticky: Further investigation of the heating scheme has...

    Further investigation of the heating scheme has revealed that the city council allows landlords to apply on behalf of their tenants (as they'd have to give approval for the work anyway), so they...
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    Sticky: Troops on the streets. They should turn the...

    Troops on the streets. They should turn the pedestrian crossing outside into a checkpoint with barbed wire and wooden barriers, and then I can watch them dragging people whose journeys weren't really...
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    Sticky: So is that four monkeys in total, or did they...

    So is that four monkeys in total, or did they start with one? :confused:
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    Sticky: He posted on Twitter a day or two ago. If he...

    He posted on Twitter a day or two ago. If he doesn't return soon, I may send him a DM on there to find out what he's up to… :tumble:
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Blue sky (for the...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Blue sky (for the most part) out, but a tad chilly at 2°C :frown

    Barometer 985/992mB. I can't remember what it was yesterday, but I think it's up a little. The app...
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    Sticky: Tonight's viewing was predicated on stuff having...

    Tonight's viewing was predicated on stuff having been upgraded to 4K; interestingly (to me, at least), this often has the additional result of a film that previously lacked subtitles on iTunes...
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    Sticky: Skilfully acquired pali :banana: :banana2:...

    Skilfully acquired pali :banana: :banana2: :banana:
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    Sticky: Another nice number :)

    Another nice number :)
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    Sticky: Oh look… :nerd

    Oh look… :nerd
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    Sticky: Just popped out the back. Sound of cascading...

    Just popped out the back. Sound of cascading water everywhere around as melting snow runs off roofs :freaky:
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    Sticky: Tea has been chicken madras with rice and naan,...

    Tea has been chicken madras with rice and naan, and exceedingly tasty it was :tongue

    The snow stopped. Still occasional rain showers, and possibly snow, but it looks like nothing's going to stick...
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    Sticky: Snow! :eek: Proper big flakes and all! It's...

    Snow! :eek:

    Proper big flakes and all! It's settling only to the extent of forming a slushy layer on the pavement at the moment, but if it keeps on like this we might end up with an actual...
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    Sticky: Started again, a bit heavier now :frown

    Started again, a bit heavier now :frown
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    Sticky: Seems to have done both of those things here too...

    Seems to have done both of those things here too :ind
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    Sticky: Back when I was at the radio station in Bristol,...

    Back when I was at the radio station in Bristol, we were at one end of a long open-plan office with studios off, most of which was inhabited by permies producing various shows. One day, one of them...
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    Sticky: No masks, but it's out in the open air and we did...

    No masks, but it's out in the open air and we did the dance of each stepping back a few paces while the other had a go, like courtly Tudor lovers dancing at court :D

    And I always wash my hands as...
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    Indeed. "This project would have created 50,000...

    Indeed. "This project would have created 50,000 jobs over ten years, most of them short term or part time (or both) or already being done by people who would have been transferred to this project but...
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    They've recently released "upgraded" HD versions...

    They've recently released "upgraded" HD versions to various online streaming services. The widescreen DVDs were made widescreen by cropping the 4:3 video, which was bad enough. But for CGI scenes,...
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    Sticky: The afternoon is drawing to an end now, but it...

    The afternoon is drawing to an end now, but it continued pleasant to look at with mainly blue sky and bits of fluffiness, and not too cold at 6°C without any breeze. It's nice to be able to go out...
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    Sticky: Walk briskly walked, green ring closed :emb No...

    Walk briskly walked, green ring closed :emb

    No idea what my speed was, as at the end I detoured a few yards to the Amazon Locker. Arriving there, I found the Amazon delivery guy was just in the...
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    Sticky: Decamillennium! :yay: :banana: :yay:

    Decamillennium! :yay: :banana: :yay:
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    Sticky: Lunch: sausages in finger rolls. Very nice :tongue

    Lunch: sausages in finger rolls. Very nice :tongue
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    Sticky: Twenty-eight to go. Can we make it today? :smokin

    Twenty-eight to go. Can we make it today? :smokin
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    [citation needed...

    [citation needed]
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    Sticky: Greetings :wave: You haven't missed much - see...

    Greetings :wave:

    You haven't missed much - see BR14's comment just above :D
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Sunny out, but still a...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Sunny out, but still a thick-looking layer of frost on those areas out the back that haven't had the sun yet; 4°C and 981/989mB :glasses

    Had a pretty decent night's...
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    Sticky: Viewing whilst dining was a bit of some thing on...

    Viewing whilst dining was a bit of some thing on My5 about some South African security firm who drive around armed with automatic rifles and stuff and seem to operate pretty much as a private police...
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